Saturday, April 9, 2016
The Lincoln Cottage
Our visitors from Milwaukee were not able to make the trip to DC this week. We already purchased four tickets to see the Lincoln Cottage. So as not to lose out completely, we decided to take the four mile ride to see what it's all about. I was a member of the Milwaukke Civil War round table, and over the years we have seen most civil war sites - but not this one. At one time, the ride from the White House to the cottage was thirty minutes by horse or buggy. On a Friday afternoon in typical DC traffic it took much longer. The cottage sits on a veterans cemetery and old soldiers/veterans home - still active today. The cottage itself was renovated a few years back. It has no furnishings, and inside photos are not allowed. Our guide was charming, and iPad technology was used throughout. I could imagine spending time in the sitting room on a sunny day with a view of the Capitol to the south. The life size statue of Lincoln and his horse gave it perspective, with lovely spring flowers in bloom. It was said Lincoln loved being here, and in fact was the day before he was assassinated. It was worth the trip, and I'm sorry our friends weren't with us. Maybe next time?